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Tim Harlow

Reporter | Traffic and transportation
Phone: 612-673-7768

Tim Harlow covers traffic and transportation issues in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and likes to get out of the office, even during rush hour. He also covers the suburbs in northern Hennepin and all of Anoka counties, plus breaking news and weather. 

Harlow previously spent four years covering Washington County news and writing about family events and festivals. He is a resident of Robbinsdale and earned a communications degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and a masters degree in communications from Bethel University.
Recent content from Tim Harlow
Students board the bus on their way to school. Lakeville Area Public Schools will introduce a fully electric bus for students to ride to and from scho

Students press Roseville school leaders to buy an electric school bus

Members of the Roseville Area High School Students for Climate Action will make their request at Tuesday's school board meeting.
A "photo cop" on Park Ave. S. at 28th St. in Minneapolis Tuesday afternoon. GENERAL INFORMATION: Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune MINNEAPOLIS - 3/14/06 - A H

Minneapolis turns to cameras to crack down on speeding

MnDOT also has permission to place a speed camera in work zones.

Man killed in rollover crash on I-94 in St. Paul

The 73-year-old driver struck a guardrail around 4 a.m. near Dale Street, the State Patrol said.
A Kia that was damaged after being stolen, at an auto repair shop in Milwaukee.

Minnetonka police will add auto theft investigator

A grant from the Minnesota Department of Commerce will pay for a detective to investigate reports of stolen vehicles, plates and catalytic converters in the west metro suburb.
Kazyn Helfrich, 12, plays hymns on a recorder while spending time at Parkers Lake Park with family in Plymouth on Wednesday.

Woodbury and Plymouth will start promoting themselves to tourists in-house

The east and west metro suburbs are among the first to establish city departments and take on the job normally farmed out to nonprofits or outside organizations.
Osseo seeks a new City Council member and a new city administrator.

Osseo seeks applicants for vacant City Council seat

Applicants should submit a letter of interest by May 22 to fill out the term of Ashlee Mueller, who resigned this month because she is moving.

Toddler dies after falling out of 8th-floor apartment window in Brooklyn Center

Authorities are investigating. Family members were present when the incident happened.
A semi lost its load on westbound I-494 on the Minnesota River bridge.

Westbound I-494 reopens in Mendota Heights after load fell off flatbed

MnDOT said the lanes would be closed until noon but got them opened sooner.

Shooting in Minneapolis critically wounds woman, her child; minutes later, man shot in throat

The woman and child were sitting in a car when the gunman walked up and started shooting, police said.
FILE - In this July 18, 2011 file photo, Tiffany Carrels, of Lake City, Minn. wipes the sweat from her face with a towel as she sells sweet corn at th

Is another abnormally hot summer on tap in Minnesota? The odds are 50-50

The same holds true for precipitation with equal chances of above or below normal rainfall, the Climate Prediction Center says.
FILE - In this March 31, 2021 file photo, traffic moves along the Interstate 76 highway in Philadelphia. If you're traveling over the Memorial Day wee

Memorial Day weekend travel could come within striking distance of record

Nearly 44 million people are expected to be on the move over the four-day weekend, according to AAA.
Minneapolis police squad

3 people fatally shot in different Minneapolis neighborhoods within 17 hours; 2 of the victims ID'd

No arrests have been announced nor motives addressed in any of the homicides.
Police fatally shoot man who charged at officers with hatchet in Crookston

Police fatally shoot man who charged at officers with hatchet in Crookston

The man "rapidly approached" the officers, who fired after trying to stop him with less-lethal measures, the police chief said.
Armstrong High School in Plymouth.

Hallway fight triggers at-home learning day for Armstrong High in Plymouth

The altercation broke out Wednesday afternoon during a passing time.
Elam Baer got into an Uber to go home after work in Eden Prairie. He owns newly formed rideshare firm MyWeels.

New rideshare company Wridz hits the streets in Minneapolis as Uber and Lyft vow exit

Meanwhile, MyWeels, a second company recently licensed by the city, continues to ramp up operations.
Blaine Islamic school, mosque gets planning commission's OK

Blaine Islamic school, mosque gets planning commission's OK

The East Blaine Community Center, a nonprofit, plans to transform the former Minnesota School of Business building near I-35W into a private school and religious center; the rezoning request will now go to the Blaine City Council.

Man rescued after getting trapped in grain bin in southwestern Minnesota

Authorities are investigating how the mishap in Balaton, Minn., happened.
Water overflowed in Julie McNamara's basement after a water main break in Fridley.

Fridley woman caught in middle over who should pay after water main break flooded her home

The city and the contractor the city hired to construct the water main are fighting over who, if anybody, should pay.
A mosque would be part of the Madinah Lakes development in Lino Lakes.

Developer vows to push forward on Lino Lakes mosque project even if city tries to stop it

Those for and against the proposed Madinah Lakes development spoke during Monday's City Council meeting as the city contemplates a moratorium.

Couples sue wedding venue operator that abruptly closed but kept deposits

Circle B Wedding and Events shut down April 21 and owners have not refunded deposits, the lawsuits say.

Man dies after being struck by train in Rochester

The 23-year-old's name has not yet been released.
A stop sign is almost buried by several feet in a Fredon, N.J., neighborhood Thursday March 5, 2015, as another storm passes through Sussex County.

All-way stop sign test coming to Champlin this week to boost road safety

And it's National Bike to Work Week with group rides and a celebration in downtown Minneapolis.
Best chance in years to view aurora borealis tonight

'Highly active' northern lights displays this weekend may be largest in nearly 20 years

The Space Weather Prediction Center has issued a severe geomagnetic storm watch for Friday and Saturday, the first since 2005.
The former Minnesota School of Business building in Blaine.

Nonprofit group wants to transform an empty Blaine building into Islamic school and mosque

The East Blaine Community Center has bought the former Minnesota School of Business building overlooking I-35W. It wants the land rezoned.
Some Minnesota legislators want to make it illegal for drivers like this man to use hand-held devices like cellphones while driving.

Minnesota authorities call spike in distracted driving 'disturbing' and 'unacceptable'

Law enforcement across the state issued 5,380 citations to drivers who violated the state's hands-free law.
Outgoing Brooklyn Park Community Development Director Kim Berggren, who will start a similar position with Bloomington in June.

Brooklyn Park community development director departs for Bloomington

Kim Berggren's departure comes as the north metro suburb is trying to establish a BioTech innovation District to serve as a hub for health technology and care companies.

Wayzata police officer still hospitalized after being hit by SUV while biking

Sgt. Dan Lee was off duty when he suffered serious injuries in the incident in St. Michael on Sunday.
Michelle Phillips

Mayor Frey nominates new Minneapolis civil rights director

Michelle Phillips currently serves as the inspector general for the city of Oakland, Calif.
North High teacher who resurrected dance program gets surprise visit from 'GMA'

North High teacher who resurrected dance program gets surprise visit from 'GMA'

Kara Noble was honored Tuesday as part of National Teacher Appreciation Day.
Attendees wore red shirts in support of teachers and applauded after a speaker addressed the board during a school board meeting at the Lakeville Dist

Lakeville teachers, district reach tentative contract agreement

The agreement came after a 12-hour mediation session Monday night.
Man who died in south Minneapolis shooting was firefighter in Eagan and Eden Prairie

Man who died in south Minneapolis shooting was firefighter in Eagan and Eden Prairie

Both departments said Joseph C. Johns died in the early Sunday shooting.
I-35W northbound reopens in Bloomington after crash involving pedestrian

I-35W northbound reopens in Bloomington after crash involving pedestrian

The 39-year-old pedestrian was taken to HCMC with life-threatening injuries, the State Patrol said.
Head-on crash on I-35 near Faribault

Are plastic lane dividers enough to keep drivers safe in work zones?

Motorists have raised concerns amid recent crashes on Hwy. 52 in Dakota County and I-35 near Faribault.

Bank robbery suspect in Alexandria still on the run

The hold-up occurred about 4:25 p.m. at the Bremer Bank. The suspect allegedly had a gun.
Blaine will be home to metro area's second Asia Mall featuring dining, shopping and culture

Blaine will be home to metro area's second Asia Mall featuring dining, shopping and culture

Asia Village at Northtown Mall will open in 2025.
Riders arrived by train at the Metro Transit Terminal 1 Lindbergh station Wednesday at MSP Airport.

Part of Metro Transit's Blue Line will close for 10 days starting Friday

Buses will fill in between Fort Snelling and Mall of America stations until May 13.
A holiday banner is seen along Central Avenue in downtown Osseo on Dec. 18, 2014.

Osseo dismisses city administrator; police chief will fill in

The city has not yet disclosed the terms of a "mutual" separation agreement with Riley Grams.
Northland College averts closure, will stay open with restructured model

Northland College averts closure, will stay open with restructured model

The private school in Ashland, Wis., will offer just eight majors and "right-size" its faculty and staff.
St. Alphonsus Catholic School in Brooklyn Center will close at the end of May.

After 65 years, St. Alphonsus Catholic School in Brooklyn Center will close at end of academic year

Declining enrollment and teacher turnover led to the difficult choice to close, parish officials said.
Maple Grove High School

Osseo Schools plan new elementary, expanded high school in Maple Grove

The projects, funded with money from a voter-approved referendum, are in the planning stages with construction to begin in 2025.
Lotto America ticket sales begin Nov. 12, with the first drawing three days later.

Minnesota mother of two won $3.1 million Lotto America jackpot by playing family birthdates

The winner had talked to her mother before buying the winning ticket at a Cub Foods in Coon Rapids.
Authorities investigate plane crash in northern Minnesota

Authorities investigate plane crash in northern Minnesota

The condition of the pilot was not immediately known, authorities said.
Riders hopped on the C-Line Rapid Transit bus on 7th Street in downtown Minneapolis on a cold, wet Thursday, October 22, 2020.

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Metro Transit expanding fleet of electric buses in 'crucial' step toward environmental goal

Twenty new 40-foot buses are expected to be rolling on local routes by 2026.
A rendering of what a new entertainment district could look like in Blaine

Blaine reveals plans for major new entertainment district near National Sports Center

Construction could begin this summer on the project that includes a baseball stadium and other amenities. An open house will be held Wednesday at City Hall.
Police departments are buying pickup trucks to spot dangerous distracted drivers on the road

Police departments are buying pickup trucks to spot dangerous distracted drivers on the road

The Department of Public Safety awarded money to 13 agencies to get the specialized vehicles.
A video monitor on a Metro Transit bus.

Metro Transit steps up safety efforts with monitors displaying bus behavior for all to see

The strategy is to improve safety with a visual reminder to riders that their actions are being recorded.
Monica Byron spoke to demonstrators at the Stabilize Our Schools by Stabilizing our Workforce Rally sponsored by the Minneapolis Federation of Teacher

Minneapolis schools, teachers reach tentative agreement to avert strike

Details will be released after teachers vote to ratify the agreement, district officials said. The district's support staff is negotiating separately from the teachers.
Matt Markham is the new police chief in Columbia Heights.

New police chief in Columbia Heights will start work Friday

Matt Markham, 49, will take over for Lenny Austin, who is retiring.
Oakdale issues warning after coyote attacks dog in nature preserve

Oakdale issues warning after coyote attacks dog in nature preserve

No people have been hurt, officials said.
Anoka County extends search for county administrator

Anoka County extends search for county administrator

Applicants can apply until May 3 for the county's top administrative position.
Good Samaritans rescue a driver from fiery I-94 crash in St. Paul

Driver pulled from burning car on I-94 in St. Paul thanks good Samaritans for saving his life

Sam Orbovich, 71, said he is alive because "heroes" rushed to his aid.
Crazy traffic and foot traffic occured at 5th street and North 1st Ave, in downtown Minneapolis because of Get Motivated seminar at the Target Center

Going to Wolves or Twins tonight? How to get there (and maybe avoid traffic).

The games at Target Center and Target Field start 10 minutes apart. Here are some tips for navigating downtown traffic.
Tamara Colleen Bradley

Tip sparks new search for Blaine woman who went missing 30 years ago

Tamara Colleen Bradley was last seen leaving her job in Minneapolis on Sept. 30, 1994.
Firefighters investigate the scene of an explosion on the 6400 block of Oliver Avenue South that leveled the house in Richfield on Monday.

One injured after home explodes in Richfield

A woman inside the house at the time of the incident was taken to a hospital.

MnDOT will replace misspelled 'Ady Mill Road' sign on I-35E in St. Paul on Monday night

The sign at the Randolph Avenue exit transposed the D and Y.
This could be the windiest April ever in Minnesota

This could be the windiest April ever in Minnesota

Wind gusts of 30 mph or higher have been recorded on all but two days this month. It could be the windiest April of all time.
Bill Gehn, known on Plugshare as "The Ubiquitous Electric Bill" checks out a charger in Edina.

Where are the best places to charge your electric vehicle? One reviewer has the answer.

Bill Gehn has reviewed nearly 2,100 places where EV drivers can plug in and posted them on and its companion app.
Metropolitan Mosquito Control District lab is where mosquito populations are examined. The Aedes Vexans is the most common species of mosquito locally

Mosquitoes are back and so are the workers trying to keep their numbers down

The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District sent its seasonal technicians out this week to collect samples and learn where to focus its early treatment efforts.

One killed in head-on crash in Coon Rapids

Two others were injured in the crash Wednesday afternoon on Main Street.

Hwy. 169 in northwest metro is closing this weekend for bridge demolition

MnDOT will take down the 63rd Avenue bridge and replace it this summer.
Lisa Olson of Anoka gets a cup of chardonnay in September 2023 at Riverfront Memorial Park in Anoka.

Anoka expands downtown sip-and-stroll 'social district'

People can purchase alcohol and drink it as they walk through areas in the north metro city's historic downtown; the district opens May 1.

Pilot killed in Indiana plane crash was college student from Maple Grove

Alexander Foss, 20, was a Purdue University student.

Suspect spotted with long gun in Brooklyn Park was teen playing 'Senior Assassin'

The game is played by high school seniors who attempt to "shoot" their targets with toy water guns.
Boyd Morson

Brooklyn Park City Council member censured for 2nd time

Boyd Morson was censured after a 5-1 vote for violating the city's Code of Conduct for elected officials and terms of a 2022 censure.

Victim in north Minneapolis shooting identified as man from Chicago

The shooting happened Friday night near 36th and Penn avenues N.
Inaugural Traffic Safety Day coming to the Mall of America

Inaugural Traffic Safety Day coming to the Mall of America

Simulators, speakers, workshops and exhibits are part of the event put on by AARP and Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths.
With plentiful sunshine, it will feel like summer this weekend in much of Minnesota

With plentiful sunshine, it will feel like summer this weekend in much of Minnesota

The forecast calls for shorts, T-shirts and highs in the mid-70s Saturday and Sunday in the metro.

Chanhassen High School student arrested after weapons investigation

The 18-year-old student was arrested at the school Tuesday in connection to a traffic stop in January.
This is why weather sirens are sounding today in Minnesota

This is why weather sirens are sounding today in Minnesota

Sirens will go off at 1:45 and 6:45 p.m. Thursday as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week.
Centennial Park in Brooklyn Center, pictured in 2014.

Brooklyn Center surveys residents on the future of parks

Residents can share their thoughts in an online survey open through May 15.
Friends Dylan and Sebastian, both in fifth grade, give each other a hug after a little wrestling in their seat as Whittier Elementary School students

Minneapolis schools buy electric school buses, inspired by students

Students at Whittier International Elementary School wrote letters asking district leadership to buy electric buses. They got to go for a test ride this week.
Teenagers attend open gym at Brooklyn Park's Zanewood Recreation Center in 2014. The city is seeking funding from the Legislature for several projects

Brooklyn Park will ask state for $29 million for fire station, community center projects

Brooklyn Park is also looking to expand the Zanewood Recreation Center.
The Central Station light rail stop in downtown St. Paul. The entrance to the skyways has been padlocked for more than a year after a double homicide

Metro Transit will run shorter trains on light rail lines

The switch from three-car trains to two-car trains begins Saturday. The long-range goal is to increase frequency from 15 minutes to 12.
“I’m sad, I’m very sad,” said Ashoka Jaipuriyar, 8, of the eclipse he couldn’t see through the clouds while with his mom, brothers and frien

Eclipsed by clouds: No solar fun for Minnesotans

Looking to see the solar eclipse on Monday afternoon? Head south to Iowa.
Gov. Tim Walz ordered one of the state's new "blackout plates." But many car-owners ignore the law requiring a front plate.

Sales of Minnesota's new blackout license plates top 50,000

The new plates featuring white letters and a black background debuted in January.